UPSers Vote No for Second Time in Western Pa, Central Pa, Detroit

UPS Teamsters voted to reject contract supplements in Detroit Local 243, Central Pennsylvania and Western Pennsylvania today.

The Western Pennsylvania Supplement went down overwhelmingly with a 96.42 percent No vote (Yes 65; No 1752). UPSers in Detroit Local 243 Voted No by 88.13 percent (123 Yes; 913 No). Central Pennsylvania UPSers voted No by 56.6 percent (744 Yes; 971 No).

Western Pennsylvania and Detroit

In both Detroit and Western Pennsylvania, the Hoffa administration forced the Negotiating Committees to hold a contract vote even though local officers told the International Union they were not done negotiating with the company. 

In both cases, local officers backed their members in voting No. The result was overwhelming rejections by 96.42 percent and 88.13 percent respectively.

In Western Pennsylvania, the company’s new offer was actually worse than the proposed supplement that was rejected last October. The company took some pension contributions off the table that were in the first offer.

Central Pennsylvania

In Central Pennsylvania, Harrisburg Local 776, which is the largest local in the supplement, was excluded from the negotiating committee. With 1,900 UPS Teamsters, Local 776 has more members than all of the rest of the locals in the supplement combined.

Exclusion does not build unity or Teamster power. Neither does overruling the memberships’ vote. But the Hoffa administration is expected to use the Two-Thirds Rule to impose the Central Pennsylvania Supplement.

Where Does the Contract Ratification Stand?

At this point, there are three open supplements that need to be approved before the national contract will be officially ratified and in effect: The two supplements rejected today, and the New York Local 804 supplement.

Local 804 has a tentative agreement, which includes a $400 pension increase, more full-time 22.3 jobs for part-timers, and other improvements. That agreement will go to members for a vote soon. The bargaining committee is recommending a Yes vote.

Second Vote Results

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  • Jim Cochran
    commented 2019-03-11 16:49:01 -0400
    Central Pa got screwed. Thank You Pat Connors local 401 and Dennis Hower local 773 for the shit contract. One good thing for Pat Connors ( secretary treasurer for joint 53). Pat is a true Hofficer. Pat did a crappy job on central PA contract. We here at 773 in Allentown PA want Pat and our BA Dennis to be removed. Dennis just accepted a head trainer job at the IBT. Dennis is also a Hofficer.
  • Martin Labut
    commented 2019-03-06 23:32:02 -0500
    In 243; we kept asking the local and UPS mgmt.: will RPCDs who are laid off M and/or T have the right to bump a 22.4 on a Sat and/or Sun? Their response was “We don’t know” They were not forthright. They refused to answer. 40% of RPCDs income in jeopardy is a major change in working conditions, pay and terms of employment. It needed to be addressed. 22.4 language was only 1 of the major issues we were trying to get clarified or improved.
  • steve struhar
    commented 2019-03-06 22:07:59 -0500
    Word is Hoffa is implementing contract
  • Lou Revera
    commented 2019-03-05 20:29:31 -0500
    Wow UPS, Pennsylvania and Detroit stick up for your guns thank God someone is knowing that the contract is very bad it sad Our Other Local didn’t follow in your Steps
    God bless you
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